Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Ways of a Woman

This amazingly insightful comment on the feminine mystique comes from "book three" by the late Robert Jordan, a novelist famous for his fantasy epic The Wheel of Time.  His three predominant young male characters are constantly being schooled in the differences between what our modern culture sometimes refers to as Mars and Venus.

The brilliance of this 14-book series is its realistic complexity.  In general, fantasy is pretty simplistic about good versus evil, and readers know instantly which characters will do the right things, and which ones won't.  But real life isn't like that.  Even the best of humanity sometimes gives in to fear, hatred, greed, lust. etc., and even the staunchest do-gooders often do more harm than good when caught up in their zeal.  Jordan paints this aspect of humanity beautifully throughout his stories, along with a clear look at the strengths and the weaknesses inherent in both men and women.

My nephew, Jesse gave me book one, and got me hooked.  For that, among many other delightful reasons, I'm am blessed to have him in my life!

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